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Proverbs 13:24 and Hebrews 12:9

OK - I don't know too much about this story, but when I read it, these bible verses came to mind...

Proverbs 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Hebrews 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge
He won't play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, the Vikings said.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday in Texas for Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a child abuse charge for using a branch to spank his son. He won't play in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

The Vikings said they had deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game Friday evening, just after his lawyer and the Montgomery County sheriff's office confirmed he was charged with injury to a child.

Peterson's lawyer Rusty Hardin said his client had not meant to hurt the boy, whose age was not disclosed, and had cooperated with authorities.

"Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas," Hardin said.

A warrant was issued for Peterson's arrest Friday afternoon, a day after a grand jury indicted him, a Montgomery County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

The Vikings acknowledged Peterson's "legal situation" in a statement but did not otherwise comment immediately, instead deferring to Peterson's lawyer.

The allegations came during a week in which the NFL has been under heavy criticism and scrutiny for the way it handled a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancee.

An independent investigation headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller has been convened to look into the handling of the Rice situation. Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for just two games. After a longer version of security video surfaced on Monday revealing Rice's punch to the face of his now-wife, the Ravens released Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely.

Peterson is in his eighth season, all of them with the Vikings. Widely considered the best running back in the league, he has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career. Peterson did not practice on Thursday because of what coach Mike Zimmer called a "veteran day," allowing experienced players to rest, but Peterson was at the team facility that day and spoke to reporters about the upcoming game against the Patriots.

He returned to practice on Friday and was in the locker room following the workout with the rest of his teammates for lunch. Shortly thereafter, Peterson posted a message on his Twitter account that said in part: "It's your season! Weapons may form but won't prosper! God has you covered don't stress or worry!"

Last season, not long after finding out that he had a 2-year-old son living in South Dakota, Peterson rushed to the hospital after the boy was brutally beaten by his mother's boyfriend. The boy died, and a 28-year-old man is scheduled to go on trial next month on second-degree murder charges in the case.

Peterson is a native of Palestine, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.


Just looking at the bigger picture of things - look at these public schools - if you misbehave, they don't give you the paddle anymore, but a pill instead. And there's been a war against parents spanking their kids in recent years too.

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